Careers EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provides equal opportunity in its business operations and employment practices, and maintains a work environment free from all forms of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.


MISSION

What we do

To ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

VISION

Desired future state

To be the best membership-based conservation organization and be exemplary stewards of our funds for the benefit of hunters, elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

VALUES

Non-negotiable principles

Stewardship
Honesty
Accountability
Teamwork

Science-based Approach
Loyalty
Courage
Community

PURPOSE

Why we exist

To advocate for the collective interests of our membership, as hunters and conservationists,
on issues pertaining to elk, hunting heritage and other wildlife and their habitat.


Current Opportunities and Details:


IT Business Systems Analyst

Reports to: Managing Director of Information Technology

Department: IT

Classification: Exempt

Date: February 2021

Position Based in: Missoula

Job Summary:

The IT business systems analyst works with staff to proactively identify technology needs and coordinates organizational resources to facilitate efficient solutions. Ensures user needs are met through initiation, implementation and continued support phases of new technology projects. Trains users on relevant systems and serves as a support resource. Maximizes the potential of systems and ensures end-user technology is current, relevant and integrated efficiently with other systems when possible.

Essential Functions:

1. Collaborates with staff to thoroughly understand the needs to be supported by the information systems and technology.

2. Facilitates training, including developing user procedures, guidelines and documentation. Trains users on new processes/functionality. Trains new system users.

3. Determines how changes to the project will affect the business and systems.

4. Provides recommendations regarding the evolution of the system.

5. Responds to inquiries and provides advice to the client regarding current and potential system inputs, processes, and outputs.

6. Negotiates plans and timeframes, ensuring that clients understand the anticipated result.

7. Develops and communicates detailed specifications for implementation.

8. Produces reports, timelines, and graphics to communicate expectations and progress to management and other relevant parties.

9. Maintains and ensures proper documentation and coordinates or performs testing of system modifications.

10. Collaborates with the project manager to ensure the needs of the client have been met.

11. Researches and analyzes the nature, effect, and results of system difficulties.

12. Satisfies data sampling, project analysis, testing verification, and other user requests from existing client databases.

13. Acts as liaison with Information Technology and/or outside vendors to support relevant systems.

14. Maintains current understanding of industry standards, trends, and best practices through industry and other professional networks.

15. Assures all systems are fully documented including support information, FAQ and SOP.

16. Recommends process/customer service improvements, innovative solutions, policy changes and/or major variations from established policy, which must be approved by appropriate leadership prior to implementation.

17. Provides user support, including researching and resolving issues, recommending solutions or alternate methods to working requirements.

18. Maintains awareness of current technological trends with a focus of applying key technologies enabling improved workflows, efficiencies, teamwork and customer service.

19. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision of Others:

Supervise sub-contractors and vendors for IT projects within responsibilities.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from a college, university, or technical school with a degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business or equivalent professional experience. The candidate should have five to seven years of related experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge and support of the RMEF’s mission, goals, and organizational structure and activities.

2. Ability to work well with customers with a variety level of skills and abilities.

3. Ability to provide excellent customer service: respond in a timely manner, follow-through, and provide follow-up when necessary.

4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

5. Extremely proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software program.

6. Extremely organized with great attention to detail.

7. Excellent management skills with the ability to lead, facilitate, motivate, and organize.

8. Ability to be flexible with changing priorities.

9. Demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively and proactively. Self-motivated and resourceful.

10. Ability to work in a cooperative team environment.

11. Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new technology quickly.

Physical Demands: Can sit for long periods. Constant use of office equipment such as telephones, computers, and office equipment are necessary. Some light lifting and bending are also necessary. Some evening and weekend work may be necessary.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.


Editor – Hunting & Outdoor Lifestyle

Reports to: Director of Communication

Department: Marketing

Classification: Exempt

Date: March 2021

Job Summary:

Create dynamic content across print, digital, TV and social platforms. Highly experienced in editorial planning. Conceive, assign, select, edit and write content to extend across all media platforms to advance RMEF’s mission. Primary responsibilities include writing for Bugle magazine and producing video scripts and additional digital content for rmef.org’s Elk Network.

Essential Functions:

1. Conceive, edit and write compelling features and departments that focus on elk hunting. Interesting and entertaining stories should highlight/celebrate the hunting experience while promoting ethical field behavior and critical thinking about hunting.

2. Cultivate and work with freelance writers, RMEF staff, outdoor industry contacts and others. Work closely with senior editor to determine most acceptable stories and determine the best-suited writer for each hunting department or feature. Work with outside contributors to monitor the evolution of each article, check for factual content and offer editing assistance along the way resulting in high-quality Bugle pieces that are submitted on or before established deadlines.

3. Consult with senior editor to negotiate payment for any freelance articles that deviate from standard pay scale. Ensure all freelance writers are paid by the date of article publication.

4. Work with RMEF’s Sales and outdoor industry partners to produce balanced editorial content with maximum exposure and revenue, while keeping the integrity of Bugle and the needs of readers at the forefront.

5. Perform primary edit on hunting-related features and departments. Perform general edit as requested on content overseen by other members of publications team.

6. Maintain a well-balanced slate of hunting features and departments for at least three and preferably six issues of Bugle.

7. Under the direction of RMEF marketing and senior staff, assist in the production of compelling content for RMEF digital media platforms. As directed, work with outdoor industry partners to feature hunting gear and tips by writing scripts for Gear 101 videos and other assigned projects. When deemed appropriate by Marketing, serve as a point-of-contact on procurement of product while ensuring compliance to RMEF policies and procedures are adhered, including all sample product is accounted for and inventoried.

8. Identify Bugle features and departments for which you are responsible on an issue-by-issue basis that translate into compelling digital content and assist with that process.

9. Must have passion for and understanding of hunting. Stay abreast of biological, social and political issues that influence hunting, specifically elk hunting. Track research and acquire additional hunting-related knowledge.

10. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated ability in journalism, creative writing or related field. Must have at least three years’ experience editing and writing stories which focus specifically on hunting and issues affecting hunting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge and support of RMEF’s mission, goals and policies; including the biological, sociological and political elements that shape them.

2 Excellent writing and verbal communication skills

3. Ability to hear, accentuate and clarify a writer’s voice.

4. Firm understanding of what good writing is; ability to detect and correct problems, including proficiency of style and grammar.

5. Extensive knowledge of wildlife/wildlands conservation.

6. Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

7. Ability to set and fulfill short- and long-term goals and priorities; must have the ability to meet established deadlines.

8. Excellent research and interviewing skills.

9. Commitment to fostering ethical hunting which honors the individual animal, the species, the land and the hunt.

10. Knowledge of and personal involvement in natural resource conservation.

11. Must demonstrate a personal interest in/commitment to hunting.

12. Must have excellent computer skills including various key software and programs.

13. Demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive team environment.

Physical Demands: Must sit for long periods of time; use a computer extensively; reach forward and to the side; bend from both standing and sitting position. Some travel is required; may include plane, car, horse and foot.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job.

It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.


Regional Director - Northern California

Reports to: Director of Field Operations

Department: Fundraising & Marketing

Classification: Exempt

Date: April 30th, 2021

Job Summary:

Field Operations is a primary fundraising division of RMEF. Regional Directors organize local volunteer chapters to hold fundraising events, principally banquets, while performing other gift development activities to support the continued operation of RMEF and finance elk and wildlife conservation projects.

In addition to event-related fundraising, Regional Directors should work with the Development Staff to help identify, cultivate, and solicit large donations from qualified donors and prospects.

Regional Directors in designated elk states generally serve as the chair of their respective state project advisory committee from which conservation project recommendations are made for RMEF funding.

Essential Functions:

1. Form RMEF fundraising chapter committees comprised of local volunteers.

2. Organize, guide and assist chapter committees with the planning, organization and execution of successful fundraising events, including big game banquets, to meet annual budget projections.

3. Actively utilize key RMEF volunteers, including regional, state, and district chairs, to assist in the identification and formation of new chapters and planning and execution of fundraising events.

4. Utilize regional and state chairs to ensure volunteer compliance with RMEF operating and financial policies and reporting procedures.

5. Personally solicit and/or work with Development staff to secure large donations in addition to banquet revenues.

6. Prepare annual fundraising income projections and operating expense budget proposals.

7. Maintain liaison and professional visibility with state wildlife agencies, federal wildlife and land management agencies, university wildlife departments, and non-governmental conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and outfitter/guide associations within assigned region.

8. Serve as chair of RMEF state project advisory committee within assigned region, to coordinate the recommendation of specific conservation projects for RMEF funding.

9. Promote the goals, objectives, and accomplishments of RMEF through the media and public speaking engagements as assigned.

10. Represent the RMEF at various meetings, functions, and public relations opportunities, as assigned.

11. Submit news items concerning RMEF activities to the appropriate Communication staff.

12. Answer correspondence about RMEF activities and programs within assigned region.

13. Maintain all records and submit reports as required by the Director of Field Operations.

14. Keep the Director of Field Operations fully informed on all pertinent matters within assigned region.

15. Regional Director will be responsible for working with key volunteers in establishing a State Leadership Team and together formulating and following a State Action Plan annually. The Regional Director will serve on the State Leadership Team and oversee the solicitation, review, and recommendation for approval process of the State Grant Program.

Additional Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience:

Bachelors or equivalent degree in Business, Marketing, Fundraising, Communications or related field preferred, and minimum of five years additional experience required. Prior experience working with volunteers and fundraising preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge and support of the RMEF’s mission, goals, organizational structure and activities, including biological, social and political elements that shape them, and the ability to promote them.

2. Must possess excellent people skills and be able to develop effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals.

3. Must be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills and be able to direct and motivate volunteers.

4. Must be able to identify future chapter opportunities and recruit volunteers to capitalize on these opportunities to grow the revenue and volunteer base.

5. Must be able to understand and determine annual fundraising income projections and operating expense budgets.

6. Must be able to work cooperatively with wildlife and land management professionals in government agencies and non-governmental entities.

7. Must be proficient in the use of office computer programs including word processors and spreadsheets.

8. Must have excellent communication skills both verbally and written. Must be able to speak to large groups of people.

9. Must have the ability to work independently without frequent, direct supervision and to remain focused on goals and objectives while also supporting the Regional team when needed.

10. Must have the ability to work in and foster a team-oriented environment.

11. Must have the ability to resolve conflict and be flexible with changing priorities, and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

12. Must be able to collaborate with Development staff for helping to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward large donations from major gift donors and prospects.

Physical Demands:

Extensive travel is required on weekdays and weekends. Must also be able to work any day of the week, including weekends. Must be able to work late at night (often until after midnight). Must be capable of sitting for long periods in a car or airplane. Must be able to work at a computer terminal for extended periods, stand for intervals of 2-6 hours, and lift heavy items up to 50 lbs.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.


Regional Director - Nevada

Reports to: Director of Field Operations

Department: Fundraising & Marketing

Classification: Exempt

Date: April 30th, 2021

Job Summary:

Field Operations is a primary fundraising division of RMEF. Regional Directors organize local volunteer chapters to hold fundraising events, principally banquets, while performing other gift development activities to support the continued operation of RMEF and finance elk and wildlife conservation projects.

In addition to event-related fundraising, Regional Directors should work with the Development Staff to help identify, cultivate, and solicit large donations from qualified donors and prospects.

Regional Directors in designated elk states generally serve as the chair of their respective state project advisory committee from which conservation project recommendations are made for RMEF funding.

Essential Functions:

1. Form RMEF fundraising chapter committees comprised of local volunteers.

2. Organize, guide and assist chapter committees with the planning, organization and execution of successful fundraising events, including big game banquets, to meet annual budget projections.

3. Actively utilize key RMEF volunteers, including regional, state, and district chairs, to assist in the identification and formation of new chapters and planning and execution of fundraising events.

4. Utilize regional and state chairs to ensure volunteer compliance with RMEF operating and financial policies and reporting procedures.

5. Personally solicit and/or work with Development staff to secure large donations in addition to banquet revenues.

6. Prepare annual fundraising income projections and operating expense budget proposals.

7. Maintain liaison and professional visibility with state wildlife agencies, federal wildlife and land management agencies, university wildlife departments, and non-governmental conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and outfitter/guide associations within assigned region.

8. Serve as chair of RMEF state project advisory committee within assigned region, to coordinate the recommendation of specific conservation projects for RMEF funding.

9. Promote the goals, objectives, and accomplishments of RMEF through the media and public speaking engagements as assigned.

10. Represent the RMEF at various meetings, functions, and public relations opportunities, as assigned.

11. Submit news items concerning RMEF activities to the appropriate Communication staff.

12. Answer correspondence about RMEF activities and programs within assigned region.

13. Maintain all records and submit reports as required by the Director of Field Operations.

14. Keep the Director of Field Operations fully informed on all pertinent matters within assigned region.

15. Regional Director will be responsible for working with key volunteers in establishing a State Leadership Team and together formulating and following a State Action Plan annually. The Regional Director will serve on the State Leadership Team and oversee the solicitation, review, and recommendation for approval process of the State Grant Program.

Additional Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience:

Bachelors or equivalent degree in Business, Marketing, Fundraising, Communications or related field preferred, and minimum of five years additional experience required. Prior experience working with volunteers and fundraising preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

1. Thorough knowledge and support of the RMEF’s mission, goals, organizational structure and activities, including biological, social and political elements that shape them, and the ability to promote them.

2. Must possess excellent people skills and be able to develop effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals.

3. Must be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills and be able to direct and motivate volunteers.

4. Must be able to identify future chapter opportunities and recruit volunteers to capitalize on these opportunities to grow the revenue and volunteer base.

5. Must be able to understand and determine annual fundraising income projections and operating expense budgets.

6. Must be able to work cooperatively with wildlife and land management professionals in government agencies and non-governmental entities.

7. Must be proficient in the use of office computer programs including word processors and spreadsheets.

8. Must have excellent communication skills both verbally and written. Must be able to speak to large groups of people.

9. Must have the ability to work independently without frequent, direct supervision and to remain focused on goals and objectives while also supporting the Regional team when needed.

10. Must have the ability to work in and foster a team-oriented environment.

11. Must have the ability to resolve conflict and be flexible with changing priorities, and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

12. Must be able to collaborate with Development staff for helping to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward large donations from major gift donors and prospects.

Physical Demands:

Extensive travel is required on weekdays and weekends. Must also be able to work any day of the week, including weekends. Must be able to work late at night (often until after midnight). Must be capable of sitting for long periods in a car or airplane. Must be able to work at a computer terminal for extended periods, stand for intervals of 2-6 hours, and lift heavy items up to 50 lbs.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.